250 Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs

Leva Zand

Founder and Executive Director


Leva Zand has made an over 15-year career and educational commitment to refugees, human rights, and social justice activism and advocacy. She has a BA in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento and a Master’s degree in Feminist and Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara focusing on religion, media and sexuality. She started her nonprofit career in 2005 in Sacramento by leading a program to serve refugees from South East Asia. Later she managed a team of reporters for The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), directed a publication for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), lead a gender awareness program for the Eurasia Foundation and before starting ARTogether, she directed an online school for the Nonviolence Initiative for Democracy (NID) to help women in rural middle east to be involve in their local politics. She also used to write and produce “Narratives of Women,” a radio podcast. On top of her job as executive director of ARTogether, she works as the development director at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) in Oakland, CA and also serves as a board member for Young Women Social Entrepreneur of San Francisco. In her free time, she enjoys reading about cosmology and walking her dogs on beautiful El Cerrito Hills, CA where she lives.





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